16 Jun 2015 07:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today celebrated the start of its daily service to one of Asia’s leading business and leisure destinations, Hong Kong.
To mark the increased frequency, the
carrier’s flight to Hong Kong International Airport was welcomed with a
traditional water cannon salute this morning, followed by a ribbon-cutting
ceremony attended by senior officials from Etihad Airways and Airport Authority
Guests onboard the flight were presented with
commemorative certificates in English and Cantonese, featuring the emblem of Hong Kong, the bauhinia flower.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief
Executive Officer, said: “Demand for travel into and out of Greater China has never been stronger. The introduction of a
daily frequency to Hong Kong, along with our popular services to Beijing,
Chengdu and Shanghai, will ensure that business and leisure travellers benefit
from convenient timings and connections to suit their needs.
“Our guests travelling from Hong Kong and
nearby southern China are now connected to more than 30 destinations across the
Gulf region, Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America over Abu Dhabi. In
addition, we offer guests travelling to Hong Kong onward connections to a
number of destinations across Asia through our codeshare partnerships.”
Airways’ daily Hong Kong flights are operated using a two-class Airbus A330
aircraft, offering a total of 3,620 seats per week between Hong Kong and Abu
Dhabi. Codeshare partners on the route include airberlin, Air Seychelles,
Alitalia, NIKIand Hong Kong Airlines.
frequency on Etihad Airways’ Hong Kong service supports trade relations and creates
economic benefits by generating revenue, creating jobs and attracting
investment. It also enhances import and export activities, especially as Hong
Kong is the world’s largest cargo hub.